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Wyndham Hotel Group Boosts Ramada Presence In Thailand »

August 31, 2015 at 12:17PM PDT | Source: Ramada Worldwide

August 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // PHUKET, THAILAND - Building upon the company’s strategic efforts to grow its Ramada® brand in key markets throughout Southeast Asia, Wyndham Hotel Group today announced the opening of the 206-room Ramada Phuket Deevana in the heart of Thailand’s lively Patong Beach.
Ramada Phuket DeevanaThe THB 1 billion (AUD$38 million) development, owned by Deevana Hotels and Resorts Co., Ltd., provides a serene escape in the bustling beach town, and offers Deluxe rooms, Premier rooms and Junior suites, all with private balconies.
The contemporary resort joins four additional Ramada properties currently open and operating in Thailand, a popular spot for international travellers with the country’s Department of Tourism charting more than 2 million visitors monthly...

IHG And IL&FS Skills Enhance Centre For Vocational Hospitality Training In Northeast India »

August 31, 2015 at 12:10PM PDT | Source: InterContinental Hotels Group

August 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and IL&FS Skills, one of India’s largest skills development organisations have launched the second IHG Academy branded training centre under their partnership in Kalimpong, West Bengal. The first branded training centre was launched in New Delhi last year.
The Kalimpong centre is set to be one of the largest talent development centres under the IHG Academy programme, attracting young talent from the rural areas of Northeast India.
IHG Academy is a pioneering global collaboration between IHG and local education and community providers which aims to provide local people with skills development and employment opportunities at more than 4,900 IHG hotels across the globe...

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Targets Six Cities For Expansion »

August 31, 2015 at 12:07PM PDT | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

Travel Franchise Aims to Make a Splash with the Addition of 150 U.S. Locations over the Next Three Years
BELLEVUE, Wash. - August 31, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, one of the biggest cruise sellers in North America, has announced development plans to expand into six strategically targeted cities across the United States.
The leading travel company is seeking franchise partners in the metropolitan and surrounding areas of New York, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Seattle. Within easy driving distance of cruise departure ports, these cities have demographics that provide the ideal foundation for a new travel franchise.
“We’ve been growing consistently since 1987, and we have the backing and support of one of the world’s biggest travel brands,” said Matthew Eichhorst, President of Expedia CruiseShipCenters...

Buffalo Wild Wings Brings Back Limited Time Only Sauce Favorites Based On Twitter Votes »

August 31, 2015 at 10:05AM PDT | Source: Buffalo Wild Wings

$1 of each Ghost Pepper and Bourbon Honey Mustard bottle sale will be donated to Team Up for Kids mission.
MINNEAPOLIS - August 31, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Buffalo Wild Wings® today announced that the B-Dubs® Sauce Lab is bringing back several popular "Limited Time Only" sauces, as voted on by fans. Starting today, Ghost Pepper and Bourbon Honey Mustard are once again featured in all 1,120 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants, and for the first time, sold in special-edition Team Up for Kids® bottles to take home through November 1, while supplies last. For each bottle sold, $1 will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to support the Buffalo Wild Wings Team Up for Kids mission.
In May, fans voted on Twitter using #BWWSauceVote, telling Buffalo Wild Wings which flavors should make a comeback...

Nestlé® Toll House® Café By Chip® Kicks Off Annual Fundraiser Benefiting Cookies For Kids Cancer »

August 31, 2015 at 10:00AM PDT | Source: Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip

Popular bakery cafés encourage customers to Be A Good Cookie;™ 100% of corporate-raised funds will go directly to pediatric cancer research
August 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // DALLAS, TX – It goes without saying that kids of all ages love Nestlé® Toll House® cookies. So it’s fitting that Nestlé® Toll House® Café by Chip® dedicates a month every year to give back to its favorite, and bravest, customers in collaboration with the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer organization.
The partnership, which helps fund essential research grants for five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers, kicks off its annual campaign on Tuesday, Sept. 1 – the beginning of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – and runs through Oct...

It's #DomiNoNo Day - Domino's To Give Away 20,000 Free Pizzas For The Sixth Time This Season »

August 31, 2015 at 9:44AM PDT | Source: Domino's Pizza

Domino's to offer free pizzas for every future no-hitter through the end of the season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Last night's no-hitter was the sixth in the 2015 Major League Baseball season, marking the third time in the last five seasons MLB pitchers have thrown at least six no-hitters. For MLB.com registered users, that no-hitter, thrown by Jake Arrieta, means 20,000 free pizzas from Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery.
Beginning TODAY at 3 p.m. (EDT), the first 20,000 MLB.com registered users who visit MLB.com/dominos and log in will receive a free, two-topping medium Handmade Pan Pizza (redeemable for carryout orders only) when they order online from dominos.com...

Dine Out For No Kid Hungry: Chronic Tacos Continues Mission To Help End Childhood Hunger »

August 31, 2015 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: Chronic Tacos
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Fast-Casual, Mexican Grill Franchise Continues Partnership with No Kid Hungry for September Philanthropic Campaign; Plans to Double Amount Raised
August 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – The issue of childhood hunger is not disappearing and neither is Chronic Tacos’ support of the non-profit organization No Kid Hungry®. Starting this September, the SoCal fast-casual franchise - known for its fresh, made-to-order third generation Mexican cuisine - kicks off its second year of partnering with No Kid Hungry to help raise awareness of the childhood hunger epidemic affecting one in every five children.
“Giving back to the community has always been a part of the company’s core values,” said Michael Mohammed, CEO of Chronic Tacos...

Newk’s Eatery Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer »

August 31, 2015 at 8:59AM PDT | Source: Newk’s Eatery

August 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // JACKSON, Miss. - Newk’s Eatery, a rapidly expanding fast-casual restaurant brand known for its fresh, flavorful dining, has named Robert Nygren the brand’s new Chief Financial Officer.
“After an extensive search for our new CFO, we are thrilled to bring Bob on board Newk’s leadership team,” said Chris Newcomb, Newk’s Eatery Co-Founder and CEO. “Bob has a proven track record of supporting the development and operational health of leading restaurant brands through smart financial leadership. We know he will do the same for Newk’s and are excited for both the energy and expertise he brings to the brand.”
In his new position, Nygren will provide key leadership and strategic policy advice for Newk’s Eatery’s system-wide financial operations as the brand continues to roll out a large-scale growth plan to more than double in size over the next three years...

Hold On To Your Boots, Dickey’s Barbecue Has Arrived At The Golden Triangle! »

August 31, 2015 at 8:56AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit®

August 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // Nederland, TX - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has brought its signature slow-smoked barbecue to Nederland in a three-day grand opening celebration last weekend that included giveaways and specials. Owner/Operator Andy Maredia opened the doors of the newest Dickey’s on Thursday, August 27, giving away free barbecue for a year to three lucky winners.
“Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has a strong presence throughout much of the state of Texas, however we are looking forward to bringing new locations to this region of the state,” says Roland Dickey, Jr., Dickey’s CEO. “We now have more than 500 locations across the U.S. and we are always looking for new opportunities for growth...

Ribbon Cutting Launches AdvantaClean Of Madison County »

August 31, 2015 at 8:11AM PDT | Source: AdvantaClean

The newly launched AdvantaClean of Madison County is definitely a Green family affair.
COLLINSVILLE, ILLINOIS (PRWEB) August 31, 2015 - Dad Phil, son Scott, and wife-and-mom Donna Green launched their AdvantaClean franchise business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 26, generously hosted by the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce, but the Greens had actually been fielding calls and booking inspection appointments via AdvantaClean’s National Call Center and website since Aug. 17.
The Greens have operated Green Home Solutions, an indoor air quality, home remodeling and HVAC company, since 2007, and are excited to add AdvantaClean’s Light Environmental Services™ to their offerings in a second family business.
“Seven years ago, I started learning about the building science/home performance field,” Phil, also a part-time instructor in the HVAC program at Southwestern Illinois College, explains...

New DoubleTree By Hilton Decatur Riverfront Debuts In Historic Downtown Decatur »

August 31, 2015 at 7:52AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Marking the Largest and Only Full Service Hotel in “The River City”
August 31, 2015 // Franchising.com // DECATUR, Ala. and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of the DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront, a five-story, 165-room hotel located in historic downtown Decatur, 14 miles from Huntsville International Airport. Formerly a Garden Plaza hotel, the property closed in November 2014 to complete a dramatic $10 million transformation and reopens this month to debut a total redesign of the exterior and lobby, fully-updated guest rooms and suites, all new furniture throughout the hotel, updated and expanded meeting spaces and a beautifully-renovated atrium. DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront is owned and managed by Cooper Hotels...

The Melting Pot Brings Its Interactive, Casual Dining Experience To United Arab Emirates With First Restaurant Now Open In Dubai »

August 31, 2015 at 7:21AM PDT | Source: The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Leading Polished Casual Fondue Restaurant Continues International Expansion
TAMPA, Fla. - Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - The Melting Pot® Restaurants, Inc., the world's premier fondue restaurant and a leading polished casual dining franchise, announced today its first restaurant in the United Arab Emirates has opened in Dubai. This is the fifth international location for the company, which made its overseas debut earlier this year in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The Melting Pot in Dubai is located in BOXPARK, an offbeat, outdoor concept in the urban district of the city offering a selection of unique retail experiences and quirky dining options from around the world. Featuring four distinct courses with menu items dipped into heated fondue pots at the center of each table, The Melting Pot's concept fits well with the hip, modern setting and eclectic community...

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Is Two Weeks Away From Opening Its Newest Restaurant In Oregon »

August 31, 2015 at 7:12AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

During grand opening week, the Gourmet Burger Authority™ will donate all sales from signature Freckled Lemonade® to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Alert your taste buds! Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is two weeks away from bringing craveable gourmet burgers to Woodburn, Ore. Located at 3060 Sprague Lane, off of I-5, next to the Woodburn Premium Outlet Mall, the newest Red Robin® restaurant will open on September 14 at 11 a.m. To help celebrate the grand opening of the new restaurant, Red Robin will donate all sales of its signature Freckled Lemonade® from September 14 to September 20, to its national charity partner, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer...

OpenWorks Dave Hicks Discusses “Office Wars” On KCBS Radio In San Francisco »

August 31, 2015 at 7:05AM PDT | Source: OpenWorks

Company Helps Solve Conflicts of Office Cleanliness
PHOENIX, AZ (PRWEB) August 31, 2015 - OpenWorks Director of Facility Solutions Dave Hicks was recently interviewed on KCBS Radio in San Francisco regarding people’s thoughts on office working conditions. In the interview, Hicks discussed the internal office conflicts involving cleanliness and temperature settings, and the differing opinions along age and gender lines.
OpenWorks recently commissioned an independent national survey of more than 300 office workers aged 25-55. In his segment with KCBS morning show hosts Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor, Hicks addressed several of the findings from the survey which showed the most common disagreements among office workers...

Togo's Sandwich Franchise Celebrates Five Consecutive Years Of Same-Store Sales Growth »

August 31, 2015 at 7:01AM PDT | Source: Togo's Eateries, Inc.

Strong Customer Service and Franchisee Support Make the West Coast Sandwich Franchise a Success
SAN JOSE, CA - (Marketwired - Aug 31, 2015) - Togo's showed itself once again as a thriving sandwich franchise, achieving five years of same-store sales growth. The sandwich chain locations throughout the western United States also have an average revenue typically higher than that of other well-known sandwich franchise systems.
"Togo's serves big meaty sandwiches, uses quality ingredients, and provides one-on-one deli-style service," said CEO Tony Gioia. "The combination creates a unique guest experience that has helped Togo's develop a loyal fan base, and it also aligns with diners' growing preference for higher-quality food and customized meals...

Franchise Grade Ranks Christian Brothers Auto Repair Franchise No. 5 Brand In Nation »

August 31, 2015 at 6:53AM PDT | Source: Christian Brothers Automotive

Excellent Investment Value Drives High Franchise Ranking
HOUSTON, TX - (Marketwired - Aug 31, 2015) - Franchise Grade, an online company engaged in comparing and grading franchise systems for their investment value, recently ranked Christian Brothers auto repair franchise as the No. 5 franchise in the nation. Out of the 2,419 franchise systems that Franchise Grade analyzed for its inaugural Top 500 list of the best franchises to buy, Christian Brothers stands out among the competition -- not a single other auto repair franchise system cracked the top 50.
Christian Brothers is a highly rated, faith-based auto repair franchise with a unique financial model. Christian Brothers assumes a majority of the risk of starting a franchise location by purchasing and constructing "built-to-suit" buildings, which the franchisee then manages...

Game, Set, Match: Westin Hotels & Resorts Brings Fans Behind-the-Scenes Of The US Open  »

August 31, 2015 at 6:43AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

With the Launch of Beyond the Baseline Live Show
Westin Hits another Ace, Offering Fans an Inside Look at New York City’s Largest Tennis Event with New Show and Evening Match Viewing Events
STAMFORD, Conn. - August 31, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Inspired by the electric atmosphere in New York City during one of tennis’ premier events, Westin Hotels & Resorts, the official hotel sponsor of the US Open since 2010, announced today two new ways for both guests and tennis enthusiasts to experience the tournament.
Go Behind-The-Courts
As excitement builds for the finals of the season-ending Grand Slam® tournament, Westin Hotels will take fans on a journey behind-the-scenes of the US Open with their inaugural Beyond the Baseline live show...

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Partners With No Kid Hungry This September To Help End Childhood Hunger In America »

August 31, 2015 at 6:39AM PDT | Source: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Orange Leaf Aims to Provide One Million Meals to Hungry Kids
OKLAHOMA CITY - Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - For the third consecutive year, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is partnering with the national non-profit No Kid Hungry® to help raise awareness and money to end childhood hunger in America.
Orange Leaf's goal is to provide one million meals to hungry kids in America during September, which is National Hunger Awareness month. Every $1 donation equals 10 meals for a hungry child. Orange Leaf is asking its customers to join the fight to end childhood hunger by donating three different ways and getting something back in return at Orange Leaf's more than 300 locations across the U.S.
"With one in five children in America struggling with hunger, it is very important for us to give back to the communities we serve," said Geoff Goodman, president of Orange Leaf...

Pie Five Is Painting VCU Marinara Red »

August 31, 2015 at 5:48AM PDT | Source: Pie Five Pizza Co.

Leading Fast Casual Pizza Chain Opens New Virginia Commonwealth University Location
DALLAS - Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - What's easier and faster than putting together the perfect class schedule? Building your own custom Pie Five Pizza, or trying a signature pie! Beginning September 4, VCU students and the surrounding community can take their pizza wish lists and turn them into reality. Pie Five will be opening its second Richmond location at 810 W. Grace Street.
"I'm excited to bring this unique concept to the VCU area," said Jeff Percey, Pie Five Pizza franchisee. "The Pie Five concept fits perfectly with fast-paced university life and lets our customers create their own custom pie in only five minutes! I love to change up my pizza to whatever I'm craving that day, although the Buffalo Chicken is my favorite signature pie!"
Zesty marinara and the radiantly red Pie Five sign aren't the only things Pie Five is bringing to the VCU campus...

Leadership Training Franchise Crestcom International Launches Operations Portal »

August 31, 2015 at 5:39AM PDT | Source: Crestcom International, LLC

Second milestone in major brand transformation under new President and CEO Tammy Berberick http://www.crestcomfranchise.com/tammy-berberick-2/.
(PRWEB) August 31, 2015 - Crestcom International, a Colorado-based franchisor, has announced the launch of their new franchise operations and communication hub (COACH). The COACH portal is the second in a series of major updates to the 27-year-old brand led by new President and CEO, Tammy Berberick.
“We are proud to deliver this powerful business management, planning, and communications tool to our franchisees,” says Berberick. “The COACH Portal, which stands for Crestcom Operations and Communication Hub, allows Crestcom franchisees to quickly and easily develop detailed business plans, track sales, communicate about opportunities with colleagues, access all of their training and sales tools, connect with the home office, or review the latest marketing initiatives...



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